Jeff’s layout in the making

“Trees are hand built with a balsa hand carved trunk, stained . I bought fresh caspia from the local flower shop and dried. After dried I painted with a craft paint in moss green, Then I installed each branch one at a time. When all branches were installed I used the green ground foam and the cheep hair spray to hold the foam. When dried I installed the dead branches. To date I have made more than 700 from 4 to 24 inches. Some have hand made eagle nests.

Pictures of scratch built bridges and trestle’s, researched university of Washington’s library on Washington’s logging railroads and found the trestle’s that were built in my state. I will send more pictures as I get more track and turnouts installed. I am hand laying my track and built my turnouts.

Some pictures of my hand painted backdrop.

Jeff
Snohomish, wa”

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Big thanks to Jeff for sharing. Loved the hand painted back drop – can’t wait to see the finished layout too.

Latest ebay cheat sheet is here.

Best

Al

32 Responses to Jeff’s layout in the making

  1. Very artistic , well done Jeff

  2. christine says:

    Very nice work. Some of the best I’ve seen. Way to go. Thank you for showing me these photo’s.

  3. ron pitt says:

    Jeff, you are not only a good modeler, you are an artist, love your work to date.
    Ron from Manchester.

  4. Anthony Richards says:

    Very very good

  5. David says:

    Out standing back drop. You are an Artist. Love the tower and wind mill. Looking forward to more pictures.

  6. Steve Roberts says:

    Excellent work Jeff, looking forward to seeing the follow ups.
    Steve R. Sheffield UK

  7. John Meehan says:

    Very nice! Reminds me of Snohomish! I went there with the family last December and the boys went skiing.

  8. longovince says:

    Thank you for showing your layout and talent.

  9. Chuck Bartunek says:

    Simply outstanding,a very talented person and a great looking layout.

  10. Richard says:

    Jeff, your trees are the most realistic that I’ve ever seen. Could you provide pictures with the process in making them. I would greatly appreciate it. Your painted back drop is extremely realistic as well. Fantastic work and thank for sharing.

  11. john wisnieski says:

    Very nice backdrop. You should turn your artistic ability in to a business.

  12. Pete Evangel says:

    Obviously Jeff has some pretty darn good talent! The mountains in the background look like real granite! Love the water tower. Keep us posted with more please.

  13. bob says:

    I agree you are more of an artist than a model railroader. very nice, professional. I wish I could do things that detailed.

    st Louis bob

  14. excellent scratch building and the detail is incredible….keep on ‘pikin’….!!!

  15. Roland Burch says:

    I agree with Ron. Jeff, you are an artist.
    Thanks,
    Roland – Nashville

  16. very nice backdrops. the trees look great sounds like a lot of time goes into making them.nice work on the trestles. thanks Al for the email .

  17. tom says:

    Jeff, Everything is well done. That backdrop … should be framed and hanging on your wall. what a beautiful painting. When your railroad is complete … I can’t wait to for you to show case your talents. Hat off to a job well done until the finished product comes. Keep us posted. Thanks Jeff and Al for sharing.

    Best regards,

    tom

  18. Bulfrogeh in Ontario says:

    Very nice to see someone who dedicates his own talents into his railroad layout.

  19. Andy in Yakima,Wa. USA says:

    Looks great! Are you modeling narrow gauge O? The turntable is beautiful.

  20. Cameron says:

    Very nice modeling.

  21. Duncan Galbraith says:

    You are the embodiment of proof that our hobby is 3D art. Superb!
    D/ Argyll, Scotland

  22. Gary D says:

    What a beautiful job with your back drop and all the scratch building. You have quite the talent on everything you’ve done. To be half as good as you, I would be happy. Please keep posting on your layout. Great job!!

  23. Bill Fitzpatrick says:

    Outstanding!

  24. Stuart says:

    wonderful artwork, very realistic. and the trees are supurb.
    thanks

  25. Dennis says:

    Very nice! I live on Vashon Island and would love to see your layout in person. My scale is S (A/F), but the background and trees are interchangeable, especially if you are in O gauge or Sn3.
    Dennis D
    206-406-2625

  26. THOMAS says:

    NICE WORK. KEEP DOING IT.

  27. Frank Ervin says:

    Thanks Jeff and very commendable. I am in the process of building a 16 x 25
    foot HO layout in the steam era myself. Being a disabled veteran in my eighties
    (hopefully before my expiration ) and would like to include an old grist mill with
    a waterwheel using REAL WATER and a small fountain water pump. Since
    water is corrosive, is there a suitable substitute for water that you or some one
    could suggest? Many thanks and keep-up the great work. Frank Ervin

  28. Hi Jeff,

    WoW! What a great looking backdrop, it looks so realistic, as does your scratch built items, especially the turntable.

    Stemar, (Downunder)

  29. James E.Richards says:

    Incredible detail in your modeling and painting. Looks wonderful GREAT job!

  30. Cary B says:

    Nice work Jeff

    Cary B

  31. Jim Aspin says:

    To say super impressed is an understatement!

  32. Antony says:

    Brilliant models and backdrop.
    Ant.

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